Ever wondered about bamboo – that plant that pandas like to munch on and that is used to build houses and furniture in some cultures? Bamboo is fascinating. It is incredibly strong. It is also very beautiful. Bamboo has been used as the standard building material for the majority of the world for thousands of years. Apparently, bamboo can withstand severe earthquakes (6.0 and above on the Richter Scale). This is due to its amazing tensile strength, which is higher than steel. What is tensile? This relates to how much stress or pressure that an object can withstand. Bamboo is also the fastest growing plant on the planet. Believe it or not, but some varieties of bamboo can grow 4 feet in 24 hours! A pole of bamboo can regenerate to its full mass in just 6 months.